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[-[[caption-width-right:220:''[[MemeticMutation IMMA FIRIN MAH LAZER!!!]]'']]-]

->''His breath sets coals ablaze, and flames dart from his mouth.''
-->-- ''[[Literature/TheBible Job 41:21]]'' (describing [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leviathan Leviathan]])

Myth and folklore are replete with [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] and other creatures spewing [[PlayingWithFire fire]], [[PoisonIsCorrosive corrosive venom]], [[DeadlyGas noxious gases]], energy beams, lightning, and other exotic and catastrophic exhalations. More modern media have applied the motif to fantastic beasties, {{Kaiju}}, creatures from alien worlds, mutants, [[ZombiePukeAttack zombies]], and even the occasional robot, and expanded the effects to encompass [[PurpleProse blazing beams of coruscant annihilation]]. In other words, [[BuffySpeak bright things coming from the mouths of big things that can destroy other things]].

Classically a trait of creatures that are, at least physically, animalistic -- no matter how [[TalkingAnimal erudite and noble]] they may be. When ''humanoids'' vomit destruction from their mouths, they almost always have at least a hint of corruption or, at best, atavism about them. According to anthropologist David D. Gilmore, this is because of the mouth's symbolism as the organ of predation, evoking one mankind's [[PrimalFear primal fears of what used to hunt them]]. Given that a human being's only experience with oral expulsions is usually spit or vomit, it may then follow that anything coming out of the mouth is unpleasant. Whatever the reason, it's right up there with GlowingEyesOfDoom as a surefire sign of [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman inhumanity]]. ''Heroes'' will generally [[HandBlast emit blasts of destruction from their palms instead]] (though villains can do that too).

A particular type of StreetPerformer or member of TheFreakshow -- known variously as a "fire-breather" or a "fire-eater" -- uses the magician's sleight-of-hand to appear to do this. Such examples can go on this page as well, since such tricks can be extremely dangerous for both performer and audience.

Compare BlowGun, EyeBeams, MakeMeWannaShout, BoozeFlamethrower, SuperSpit, and SuperBreath. See also ThroatLight and HandBlast.

Contrast AttackTheMouth.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/HsuAndChan'' "Pocket Morons Platinum", the Charmander-spoof Gila Mobster performs the Flamethrower attack by taking a swig off his flask & blowing it through the cigarette lighter he holds in his tail.
* In one of the ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' Sunday comics, Calvin watches a {{Kaiju}} movie and later pretends to be a giant monster rising from the depths of his bathtub, shooting a "fireball" at his archenemy Megalon (read: [[MrImagination spits water at his mom while naked]]).

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* George, apparently an [[VoluntaryShapeshifting unlimited shapeshifter]], does a [[ScaledUp red dragon]] in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' and gets quite a bit of mileage out of his breath weapon during the battle on the Plains of Death.
** In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', George does several dragons to take advantage of their breath weapons, including a red dragon again to wipe out most of the [[BatOutOfHell Laser Bats]], and a brass dragon to put a room full of giant centipedes to sleep. (He also puts John and Ringo to sleep because he talks nonstop while he's the brass dragon.)

* Hot Chip's crazy video for their single "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaCZN2N6Q_I&feature=related I Feel Better]]."

* The red dragon in ''Pinball/DungeonsAndDragons'' breathes fire, of course. Differently colored dragons breathe cold, acid, lightning, shadow, and assorted other things.
* As do the dragons in ''Pinball/MedievalMadness''.
* ...and the Dragon from the "Dragon's Keep" table of ''VideoGame/FullTiltPinball''

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The "poison mist" used by many wrestlers, especially in Japan. According to Japanese {{Kayfabe}}, only certain wrestlers can do it because they have a special gland that allows them to produce the mist. Most wrestlers can produce only certain colors of mist, and [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience each has its own effects]]: The most common, the green mist, blinds the opponent, the red mist both blinds and burns, the blue mist puts the opponent to sleep, the yellow mist paralyzes, and TheDreaded black mist is a [[MoralEventHorizon career ender]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Fire-breathing is a trivial feat in reality, but strongly associated with tooth decay. Many traditional fire-breathers use gasoline or kerosene, which even diluted causes instant halitosis and rapidly rots the teeth. High proof alcohols (150+) are better; though they can cause notable browning within a week of regular performance, the damage is reversible with more frequent brushing and taking time for the enamel to recover.
* Meet [[http://www.yanobe.com/aw/aw_g_torayan.html Giant Torayan.]] To quote the website: "This GIANT TORATAN doll is the ultimate child's weapon, as it sings, dances, breathes fire, and follows only those orders given by children." Thank you Japan, for bringing the world one step closer to the robot apocalypse.
* Spitting cobras.
* Archer fish use their ''literal'' breath - at least, the water they also use as an oxygen-source - as a projectile, knocking insect prey off overhanging branches with squirts of water.
->''Mints won't help. At all.''